Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings

By Adam Blistein | January 23, 2016

Anton Powell (Classical Press of Wales) and Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin-Madison) invite proposals for papers (of 35 minutes each) on coinage as contemporary evidence for the Roman revolutionary age (49 BC - AD 14). It is hoped that papers will serve, collectively, to show the diversity of personal and factional approaches to warfare, politics and ideals over this period of over 60 years. In particular, the choice of ideals advertised on coins may, it is hoped, serve to characterize not only warlords and factions, but the desires, expectations and fears of the wider populations to which these messages in metal were directed. The organizers of the panel believe that contemporary coins form a uniquely rich, but undervalued, source for mentalities over the period. Far more thoroughly than literature after 43 BC, coins of Republican inspiration escaped the retrospective viewpoints of the Augustan regime.

By Adam Blistein | January 23, 2016

The communities of the ancient Mediterranean may seem, in comparison with our modern, globalized society, somewhat less reliant on the close cultural and economic ties that we take for granted. Yet, from Homer to Virgil, from Herodotus to Julius Caesar, from the Greek colonization of Southern Italy to the campaigns of Alexander, we are constantly reminded of the vital interchange of ideas and materials that took place between ancient cultures. This conference aims to explore the role of travel in creating and maintaining these connections, whether in the spheres of archaeology, economics, philosophy or literature.

We thus invite submissions for papers related to the theme of travel in the ancient world. Relevant issues for discussion may include (but are certainly not limited to):

By Adam Blistein | January 23, 2016

The origins of western science and philosophy are customarily traced to 6th century B.C.E. Ionia, to Thales of Miletos and the school he founded, whose famous pupils included not only the Milesians Anaximander and Anaximenes, but also Pythagoras of Samos, Bias of Priene, Xenophanes of Kolophon, and Herakleitos of Ephesos among others.  Our conference seeks to identify the defining marks of this new scientific and philosophical tradition, to compare and contrast them, and in light of them to explore what kinds of knowledge formed the background against which these new origins represent a meaningful departure. What counted as ‘knowledge’, ‘wisdom’, ‘truth’ and ‘fallacy’ in Archaic Greece?  This background includes ‒ but is not limited to ‒ ‘knowledge’ in crafts, politics, architecture and building, military, agriculture, and of course, religion.

By Adam Blistein | January 13, 2016

The Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN) invites papers on any aspect of Graeco-Roman antiquity.  Especially welcome are papers that are likely to be of broad interest and make connections among the different elements of the ancient world. Such connections can be between Greek society and Roman society, between different disciplines such as literature and history, or between different genres of literature. Teachers and students of the Classics at any level of instruction (K-12, college, or university) may submit abstracts; all papers will be judged anonymously by the Program Committee, chaired by CAPN President Ulrike Krotscheck. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to ulrikek@evergreen.edu. The extended deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016. You should receive a response by mid-February.  Presented conference papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length.

By Adam Blistein | January 12, 2016

We invite individual and group proposals on all aspects of the Classical World and Classical reception, and on new strategies and resources for improved teaching. Especially welcome are presentations which aim at maximum audience participation and integrate the interests of K-12 and college faculty, and which consider ways of communicating about ancient Greece and Rome outside of our discipline and profession. We are hoping to include an undergraduate research session featuring presentations based on outstanding term papers, senior theses, or other scholarly projects.

By Adam Blistein | January 12, 2016

Proposals are hereby solicited for papers on the conference theme which intends to explore the fascination of Greco-Roman antiquity with personal detail, and how this came to be packaged in written forms. The organisers are interested not only in biography as a separate genre, but also in other and smaller formats which divulge information on individual lives. We will be looking to include a broad spectrum of interests in the conference programme: from epic to historiography, scholia to epigrams, inscriptions to fictional letters, oratory to gospels.

Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Philip Bosman at bosmapr@unisa.ac.za, as soon as possible. All proposals are carefully considered, but bear in mind that slots are limited.

Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2016.

By Adam Blistein | January 5, 2016

Dear Attendees:

Welcome to the 2016 SCS-AIA Meetings in San Francisco!  I hope that you brought your umbrellas as well  The SCS Program Committee has worked hard to put together a stimulating program.   We want to encourage dialogue at the meetings.  So please enjoy the discussions, and share your ideas on Twitter, Facebook, or in person.   If you use Twitter, remember to use the conference hashtag #aiascs

I have already highlighted particular panels,  including the Presidential Panel on Thursday, January 7, at 5 p.m. (See the program for details) and the SCS Program Committee’s session on Friday Jan. 7, 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., dedicated to  “The Future of Classical Education: A Dialogue.” 

There are many more panels to attend.  Just use your new APP to keep track of events.  After the meetings, I will send you a survey to get your feedback.  For now, I look forward to stimulating conversation at the meetings.  

By Adam Blistein | December 28, 2015

The SCS Local Arrangements Committee chaired by John Klopacz and John Wonder has prepared a comprehensive and useful guide to their city for members attending the annual meeting. 

By Adam Blistein | December 21, 2015

The Annual Conference of the Classical Association, in association with the University of Kent and the Open University will take place on 26-29 April 2017, in Canterbury (UK).  Papers (20 minutes) or panels (3 or 4 x 20-minute papers) are solicited. Abstracts may be submitted after: 31 March 2016. Closing date for abstracts: 31 August 2016. Further details will be provided in March 2016.

Suggested conference themes are:

  • Classical receptions
  • Livy bimillenary              
  • Classical bodies
  • Classics in the contemporary world
  • Spatial classics
  • Classical texts
  • Classical material culture
  • Ancient history and classical archaeology in the 21st century.
  • Classical religion and myths
  • Classical science
  • Classics and Byzantine Studies

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